The Nanticoke Indian Association will lead a discussion and demonstration on Nanticoke dance at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center at 101 Adams Ave., Lewes. This lecture is part of the Lewes Historical Society’s speaker series.
Admission is free; no reservations are required. Attendees will learn about Nanticoke dance and music, and hear a brief history of the traditions of Delaware’s Nanticoke people that have survived through generations. Presenters will explain the significance of the native regalia and the meaning of dances. Nanticoke dancers will perform to the sounds and rhythms offered by tribal singers and drummers.
“Many people look at our regalia and think ‘costume.’ Our tribal wear reflects tradition and also may have origins in things handed down from generations before us. Native Americans don’t wear costumes. Our regalia has deep and traditional meaning for each of us,” said Nanticoke Councilman Herman Jackson.
The Lewes Historical Society staff is proud of its continuing tradition of hosting the Nanticokes and sharing their history of American Indian culture. Their previous presentations and traditional performances have been met with enthusiasm by both tribal members and their audiences.
Each month between September and May, the society offers educational and entertaining programs that explore the history of Lewes, the surrounding area, Lewes' unique interaction in the national scene, and other related topics. All meetings are open to all members, residents and visitors of the Lewes community. For more information and a complete schedule for this series, call 302-645-7670 or go to www.HistoricLewes.org.